THERE has been two more coronavirus deaths in Worcestershire hospitals, bringing the total up to 257.

The latest figures, announced by the NHS today (May 16), show the further deaths came at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals, bringing its total to 234. There have been no further deaths at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, so it remains at a total of 23. The latest figures relate to new deaths being announced (the deaths did not all happen on the same day).

In England a further 181 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,527.

Patients were aged between 39 and 98 years old. 7 of the 181 patients (aged between 43 and 67 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

Their families have been informed.

The acute hospital trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital. The health and care NHS trust covers community hospitals and rehabilitation wards, including Worcester City Impatient Unit, Malvern Community Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital, Pershore Community Hospital, the Princess of Wales Community Hospital in Bromsgrove, Tenbury Community Hospital and the Wye Forest Ward.

The figures on deaths relate to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for Covid-19. They do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes, prisons, ambulances or in the community. The government releases a daily figure for deaths outside of hospitals. Public Health England does not give a regional breakdown.